Having sold some surplus figures on eBay and the cash burning a hole in my pocket I decided to buy the new Command & Colors boxed game 'Jacobite Rising' and consider it an early Christmas present to myself (once again seeking to justify spending money on my hobby) . I'm a big fan of the C&C system so this was always going to be a must buy and I'm not disappointed with the game , it uses a similar system to the AWI Tricorne box by Compass Games which uses two sets of cards, the usual 'Command cards' and a deck for each rival army of 'Combat cards' which help to define the different tactics , strengths and weaknesses of the combatants .
Above is the first scenario 'Killiecrankie , the Government army nearest the camera and the Highland army with blue blocks on the lower slopes of Creag Eallich and the River Garry on the Government right . The game has 13 senarios spanning from Killiecrankie 1689 through to Culloden 1746 each has its own victory conditions and special rules where necessary . One of the rights of passage about block gaming is the fixing of the stickers to the blocks - a thing many players of C&C hate but which I find therapeutic ! Well with the first game set up I'm off to see if I can change history and beat the Jacobites .
P.S. I have just heard that my gaming colleague 'A' has succumbed to the lure of this box and has purchased it as well ! .